Music Videos Are The Best Way To Visit Aussie Cities Without Leaving Your House

22 March 2016 | 5:54 pm | Staff Writer

Kick back with some sweet sounds and see the sights of Australia from the comfort of home

In case the trend has passed you by, there appears to be an emerging penchant among musicians to prominently feature their home cities in their music videos, with the movement taking shape in Australia recently via both Brissy act Project Montreal and Melbourne's Tully On Tully's release of clips in the past two weeks that utilise very similar — and highly scenic — frameworks.

Aside from the geographic distance at play, there are naturally differences between the two — Project Montreal's Colours is a hyper-sensory barrage of time-lapse footage, while Tully On Tully's utilises stop-motion — but the points of confluence run far deeper, with both following a central figure as they make their way through their respective cityscapes soundtracked by the bands in question.

Aside from imbuing the songs with a naturally vivid visual component, the clips prove a great way to see iconic sights and locales without having to worry about the prospect of leaving your home and getting knifed in the street. Observe:


There's another key difference between the clips, too — Tully On Tully's video was actually shot as the 45th in a series titled Around The World In 80 Music Videos, which follows filmmakers Leo Longo and Diana Boccara to countries all around the world as they seek out great music for which to provide an accompanying video.

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The 80 Music Videos clips are not all as stylistically similar as the two above (indeed, the degree of resemblance here seems entirely coincidental, with Project Montreal's clip being a totally independent production and uploaded to YouTube four days prior to Tully On Tully's), but they are all shot on location and thus do all present a unique look at the cities, towns, suburbs and buildings in which these global music-makers dwell, however fleeting or limited it may be. 

Longo and Boccara's most recent effort taking them over the ditch to Auckland (for Dave Dobbyn's You Get So Lonely), while previous efforts have involved several acts from Australia, including Tinpan Orange, Jordie Lane, Money For Rope and Apes, plus South Korea, India, Ireland and France, among other countries. 

Tully On Tully have a run of dates lined up throughout April and May following their spot at this Thursday's The Hills Are Alive event in Kernot. 

Project Montreal recently launched Colours at Black Bear Lodge; check out the band's Facebook page to see what they've got in the pipeline in the near future.